Saudi to help Malaysia fight pandemic


Close ties: Hishammuddin meeting Crown Prince Mohammad in this file photo from Facebook.

KUALA LUMPUR: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdul Abdulaziz Al-Saud has ordered the King Salman Centre for Relief and Humanitarian Action (KSrelief) to quickly send assistance in the form of medical equipment and other necessary items to help Malaysia combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said the matter was conveyed to him when he was in contact with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Abdulaziz Al-Saud.

Hishammuddin described the contribution as a great honour which symbolised the sincerity of the Saudi Arabian government in forging relations with Malaysia.

“On behalf of the Malaysian government, we are grateful for the kind gesture of His Majesty King Salman, the Crown Prince and the government of Saudi Arabia for their kind and deep concern,” he said on Facebook yesterday.

He said he would keep working closely with the Crown Prince on the details and ensure that the order of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques proceeded smoothly.

The Saudi Press Agency reported that King Salman had directed KSrelief to urgently provide Malaysia with medical equipment and supplies to address the pandemic.

The adviser at the Royal Court and KSrelief supervisor Gen Dr Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Rabeeah said the aid would include one million doses of Covid-19 vaccines. — Bernama

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